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Crib Goch

By pfheyes  
Consider this a work-in-progress. I've been meaning to get a shot of the ridge for some time, and this morning I dragged myself up to get this image.

For me, it's not the image I was hoping to get. The light was too hazy, the sky was cloud-free, and there isn't much drama in the lighting for me. It's a bit plain for my tastes.

I plan to do a return trip in the Autumn (when I get a day pass!) to have another go and see if I can get closer to the picture I've got in my head. I don't seem to get on very well with Snowdonia when it comes to photography. Sad

I love Crib Goch though. I've been on some pretty scary ridges, but this one still gets me acting like a ninny as I shuffle along the edge. It might not be technically difficult, but it's one hell of a drop ....

Thanks got looking,


Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: ThomasGorman, SimJam, andytvcams and 24 more

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pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2005 11:28AM
Oh yeah, I'd appreciate any feedback on the toning for this. I think it may look overly dark. Thanks!


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SimJam 15 14
2 Apr 2005 11:32AM
Very scary looking location, rather you than me. It looks OK to me, not dark at all.

pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2005 11:35AM
Thanks Simon.

I've just noticed a black line to the right of the image, must have slipped with the pencil tool - argh. Oh well, I'm going go leave it for a bit and I'm not deleting it!

andytvcams 17 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2005 11:37AM
Detail and colours look fine,
i have to ask,how long does it take you to climb to these locations?.

pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2005 11:51AM
Thanks Andy - it roughly took me an hour and a half to get to this point. It was hard work this morning too!

Mari 16 1.8k United Kingdom
2 Apr 2005 12:08PM
I now officially hate you, Pete!! lol

It looks ok to me, stunning in fact - i'm very jealous Smile

gwyn h 16 432
2 Apr 2005 12:08PM
Return in the autumn? Which autumn??? This one of your stupid o'clock starts again I think Mr H, can't make out the usual queue, or did you have to do a massive amount of cloning to remove the hordes of your fellow countrymen that despoil our hills these days!


BTW...nice shot.
pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2005 12:13PM
lol thanks Mari

Yeah Gwyn - when baby arrives I think I will have to write a 25 page business case on why I should be allowed on Crib Goch again.

You're absolutely right about the start - this was taken at 8am. I was the first on the ridge, and I only saw a couple of lads while I was on it. On the way down, I could see the traffic jam building ....


old timer 16 55 1 Scotland
2 Apr 2005 12:18PM
It's an absolutely stunning view, Pete, but I'm one of these people who would simply freeze in such a situation. If my life depended on it I just couldn't possibly walk that ridge!
pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2005 12:20PM
Thanks Jim - I just swear to myself and that seems to keep me going. Smile

stevebutler 15 122 England
2 Apr 2005 12:42PM
Looks like a great view Pete. Superb lighting on this one.

claret 16 49 England
2 Apr 2005 12:45PM
Treated myself to a new laptop this week, Pete. Yet to calibrate the monitor but this looks fine. Nice to see a bit of sunshine after your snowy Lakeland shots.
pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2005 12:48PM
Thanks guys.

yjjeep 16 13
2 Apr 2005 1:08PM
Wow what a view.Great photo.Thanks for sharing.

dalischone 15 295 Scotland
2 Apr 2005 1:39PM
Why the worries with this one Pete, it's just stunning! I love the graduated sky and what an awesome sight, now that's what I can a mountain! Fantastic.

ericfaragh 16 149 5 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2005 1:43PM
I like the richness of the colours, nicely composed.
ptilley 18 11 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2005 2:36PM
Excellent Shot! Love it, Paul.
eos3 16 41 Wales
2 Apr 2005 3:13PM
Superb mountain image.

bassan Plus
17 13
2 Apr 2005 3:51PM
lovely shot, wonderful light
jaktis 16 84 Sweden
2 Apr 2005 9:10PM
Hard to be a photographer, disappointed that it's clear sky. The colours on the ridge is really great.

pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2005 12:53AM
Thanks all. Hopefully I'll get the shot I want one day, and you'll see what I mean. In the meantime, this will do. Smile

SteveGarratt 15 29 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2005 1:45AM
Nice Light and tones. Good work.
Unusual to see a clear sky.....
It is a great place to walk.

I have a black and white shot from almost the same position. I'll have to dig it out and post.

kinfatric 15 550 9 Scotland
3 Apr 2005 1:58AM
Well its a fine shot Pete and you get all the praise for going there too.
John_Duckett 16 386 2 Norfolk Island
3 Apr 2005 3:48AM
This is great Pete. The boarder has really made the most of the colours

maljohns 16 431 Wales
3 Apr 2005 3:54AM
Nice one - I happen to like clear blue skies! (Don't see enough of 'em maybe?!)

foot_loose 16 113
3 Apr 2005 10:35AM
Great pic. I'd love to do this ridge but I'm not sure I have the nerve. Does it stay (relatively) easy on the left side as we look for the whole length?

pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2005 11:22AM
Thanks all.

Hi Peter - the most severe drop is on the right, so if walking on the crest seems like too much, you can place your boots on the slope on the left, using the crest as a handhold. The most exposed part is at the start of the ridge, once you get to the pinnacles the terrain involves more scrambling, but the exposure is less sensational. In addition, you encounter a path to the left of the pinnacles in places, so you don't have to scramble all the way. For me, the bit of the ridge you see in the foreground, is the trouser-filling bit.

Hope this helps!

martin.w Plus
18 598 23 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2005 1:15PM
Pete, this is the one ridge I have actually been over. Both me and my friend clung like glue while shuffling across. Luckily it was misty, so we couldn't see all the way down! If you get a better shot in the autumn I would love a print, just to show people how stupid I really was!
pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2005 11:02PM
lol thanks Martin - I'll see what I can do. Smile
jaktis 16 84 Sweden
4 Apr 2005 2:33AM
I understand what you mean, but weather is hard to get exactly as wanted.

pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2005 11:01AM
I agree, Peter, that's why this game can be equally frustrating and rewarding. I've had days where I've come back with half-a-dozen images that I'm really happy with, other days .... nothing! Smile

lobsterboy Plus
16 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2005 11:32AM
Deserves a click just for getting a shot this good up there. Shame about the haze but it dosnt spoil it much as the could do. The colours, detail and composition are excellent.

pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2005 11:44AM
Thanks muchly Chris Smile

12 Apr 2005 1:37AM
I like the composition and you have caught some fantastic colours.
Great work as ever.
ThomasGorman 16 87 Scotland
20 May 2005 12:15PM
Lovely shot, great composition.
Would love to walk this!
pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
20 May 2005 12:22PM
Thanks Simon and Thomas!

chrisfroud 15 521
24 May 2005 3:09PM
Wow! This is a fantastic shot of Crib Goch. Its a long slog up a big hill to get there so early in the morning. You've been fortunate to catch it in such good conditions - I'm still waiting for a day when its not shrouded in fog (though it makes the drop seem less intimidating!) Admitedly it would also look good with some angry clouds but I think this shot works well - I like the warm tones on the forground ridge. Maybe the shadows are a little dark - I feel I want to see a little more.

pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
24 May 2005 11:44PM
Thanks very much Chris

Pete Smile
stevenr 16 9
31 May 2005 1:02AM
This is stunning Pete, I wouldnt worry about the slight haze in the background, I think it adds to the sense of depth with the brilliant light and deep shadow in the foreground. I like the clean blue sky too, I think it adds to the simple form of the image.
pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
31 May 2005 2:01AM
Cheers Steve Smile


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